3 Easy DIY Earrings for Spring

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So I’m not one to brag, but I guess you could say that I’m something of an earring connoisseur. My obsession began about four years ago when my mother innocently suggested I get my ears pierced one day, unwittingly laying the foundations for what has developed into a full-fledged jewelry addiction.

With Easter break coming up, I figured it’s the perfect time to get crafting and conveniently find an excuse to expand my forever growing earring collection. All these DIYs are perfect for spring time and can easily be personalized to suit everyone’s individual style!

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While these beaded earrings are a little time consuming to make, I was so happy with the end result! I went for a simple green design, but you could definitely get creative and mix up colours and patterns.

All you need to make these are some beads, strong thread and earring hooks. Cut a few lengths of thread (I used two per earring) and thread them through the earring hooks. Tie a knot so that the hooks are secured midway up the length of thread. Then, just start beading (a little tedious, but it’s worth it) and tie a couple of knots at the bottom of each string to make sure the beads don’t fall off. Snip of the any end bits of dangling thread at the ends and your done!

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I’m all for unique, quirky fashion statements, so I’m in love with these artsy collage earrings! They’re also a great way for recycling old earrings that you don’t wear anymore, which is always a plus.

To make them, you need an old magazine, PVA glue, a paintbrush and flat, circular earrings. Just tear up the magazine into little shreds, until you’ve got a range of colourful paper scraps. Then, glue the paper onto each earring to form a nice collage – making sure to finish it all off with a final coat of glue to seal it all in.

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Aren’t these tassel earrings chic? They only took a few minutes to make and would add a splash of colourful glamour to any outfit!

To make them, you’ll need some black and yellow thread and earring hooks. Wrap the black thread around your two fingers about 30 times, then attach the top part of the loop to the earring hook. Cut the bottom part of the loop so that the thread is dangling freely. Now, wrap the yellow thread around the black thread and secure it with a knot to form the tassel.

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That’s all I have for you guys today. Make sure to comment below letting me know which earring was your favourite and what other DIYs you’d like to see over the Easter break!

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The Anti-Resolutions 2017

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How have you all been? It’s been a while… You know, I only had one resolution for 2017 and that was to start posting regularly every week this year. Needless to say the whole ‘New Year, New Me’ thing hasn’t been working out too well.

But then, it is that time of the year again –  the last week in January when everyone’s given up on their unrealistic goals and are slowly reverting back to their original, lazy, unmotivated selves. Naturally, being the artistic person that I am – I drew inspiration from my surroundings and decided to combine all these sentiments of disappointment and regret into what I am calling the ‘Anti-Resolutions’. (Now admittedly, I haven’t exactly figured out what the exact definition of an ‘Anti-Resolution’ is, but it’s a working title.) Anyways, it’s just a bit of fun as always 😉 , so enough with my rambling and without further ado, here are The Anti-Resolutions 2017…

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I feel like the New Year hasn’t even officially begun until everyone you know has started some weird diet that involves fasting for 12 hours a day and drinking pureed salad. And quite frankly, I find the whole thing very upsetting. See, a diet just entails  removing something beautiful (ie. food) away from one’s life – why would any one want to start off their year with that kind of negativity? I think you should do just the opposite. Going to the gym? Bring some chocolate cake to work out those jaw muscles. (Alternatively, skip the gym altogether because why be fit, when you can be filled with regret instead.) Going to get a coffee? Bring another cup of coffee along with you to drink while you’re waiting for the coffee you ordered. Thinking about giving up on sugar? Well, how would you feel if sugar gave up on you?

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What better way to ring in the new year than changing up your style, right? Wrong. You’re already broke after treating yourself over the holidays and then society tries to tempt you to buy more stuff with “January sales”? Don’t just go giving into consumerism. In fact, stand up for your rights. Don’t buy anything ever again. Find a nice bin bag, cut a few arm holes in it and then wear it for the rest of your life. It’s unique, water proof and black works for every occasion. Problem solved.

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You guys know I love to travel, so I would definitely encourage everyone else to do some travelling this year. When it comes to travel, there are only two things to consider. 1) How are you going to pay for it? 2) What are you going to wear? The first question can be easily resolved by either winning the lottery or marrying rich, and the second can be answered if you follow the steps outlined in my last point. You’re welcome.

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I know what you’re thinking. The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start all those projects you’ve been dreaming about. Write a novel, start a blog, learn how to dance the flamenco… But the thing is, that’s what everyone is going to be aiming to do this year. You really want to be creative? Embrace your laziness. Motivate yourself to stay in bed just one hour longer. Actively ignore any responsibilities or opportunities that come your way. Make an inspiration board with pictures of all the things you want to achieve, instead of actually achieving them. Trust me, it offers a totally new perspective on life. I’ve tried it.

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Finally, are you tired of the same old routine, day in, day out? Do you wince when your alarm goes off in the morning? Have your weeks begun to blur into one? Fear not! You can fix this – just be incredibly impulsive and disregard any of the consequences it may have on your future! That’s right, quit your job, pack up your stuff, move to Peru and become a llama whisperer. Life will never be boring again!

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Well, that’s all I have for you guys today! Let me know what your resolutions/ anti resolutions are in the comments below :). All jokes aside, I do hope you all have an amazing 2017 and achieve all your goals this year!

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How to Make Simple DIY Bracelets

I hope you guys all had a good week! For once, mine was relatively eventful. I got my first part time job which I think basically qualifies me as a mature, responsible adult. Also, not to contradict the last point, but I went to see ‘Finding Dory’ at the cinema and had a terrifying dental appointment (obviously not simultaneously). Honestly, I can’t believe I actually payed someone to stab my teeth for half and hour with sharp metal objects that tasted faintly of washing up liquid.

Anyways, I’ll stop rambling and get into this DIY. As usual, it’s really simple as my artistic skill set is pretty limited despite the fact that I brag about my ‘artsy-ness’ in my  blog title. Really that was me being presumptions, I just like gluing random stuff together -which is basically what this entire tutorial is about. That being said, I was surprisingly pleased with the end result. These bracelets are actually really pretty! The whole wrapping-the-thread-around-the-bangle process is a bit time consuming, but I managed to make three of them and I have the patience of a 5 year old, so apparently it’s not that bad.

What I love about making your own jewelry is that you can really personalise it. Let me know in the comments below what pendants and colours you’d use for your bracelets, and why. And don’t forget to like and share this post if you enjoyed reading it!

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What you need

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Tutorial

 

Step 1: Using the glue gun, place a small amount of glue onto the rim of your bangle and quickly wrap the thread around it.

 

Step 2 Continue to do this until the entire bangle is covered in thread. Make sure to only use small amounts of glue at a time, or the glue will dry before you have a chance to  wrap all the thread around it.

Step 3 Attach the pendant to the clasp, and then attach the clasp to the bangle.

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DIY Lemon Face Scrub for Glowing, Clear Skin

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Have you guys tried the latest ‘Sodium sulfacetamide acne cleanser with extracts of zinc and false advertising’? or maybe the ‘97% non-toxic facial wash gel tried and tested by the tooth fairy’? OK, maybe I’m exaggerating…but just barely. It seems like cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies are constantly coming out with new types of soap and giving them increasingly elaborate and ridiculous names. Am I right or am I right? And it would be one thing if these seriously expensive chemical concoctions actually worked, but honestly I’m pretty convinced that the majority of them aren’t that great.

Luckily, I discovered this all natural DIY face scrub a few weeks ago and haven’t stopped using it since. It uses healthy, natural ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen and leaves your skin feeling  smooth and refreshed!

You guys should definitely try it and let me know what you think in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to ‘Like‘ this post if you thought it was kinda helpful or interesting or you just feel like being nice :).

Now without further ado, here’s the DIY…

What you need

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1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp honey

1 tsp lemon juice

  1. Mix sugar, oil, honey and lemon juice together (if you think your scrub is too thick, just add some more oil).
  2. Wash your face with warm water.
  3. Apply the scrub to your face and gently rub in a circular motion.
  4. Leave it on for 5 minutes.
  5. Rinse your face with cool water.
  6. Feel energised and rejuvinated and all that crap ;).

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DIY Spring Makeup Bag

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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a sewing tutorial and this little project is perfect for springtime! Seeing as I’m extremely lazy and my bursts of artistic motivation only last a couple of hours, I made sure this DIY could be finished in an afternoon. You’ll notice that I’ve included more photos than usual, partly because I feel that having a visual guide is a huge help in sewing tutorials, and partly because I got a little carried away with my camera. Let me know what you guys think and have a great week!signature

 

 

           What you need:

  • 11 x 8 inch piece of felt
  • 12 x 9 light fabric of your choice
  • 8 inch zipper
  • pins
  • scissors
  • sewing machine/ needle and thread

Note: These are the dimensions I used for my bag, but feel free to adjust them depending on how big/small you want your bag to be!

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Method

  1. Cut fabric and felt to size. Then, place the felt on top of the inside of your fabric, like in the photo below.

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2. Fold the overlapping fabric over the edges of the felt to create neat seams. Pin them in place.

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3. Using a sewing machine, or needle and thread, stitch the seams.

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4. Next, use pins to attach your zipper to the fabric like I’ve done in the photos below. You can see that my zipper was slightly too big for the fabric, but don’t worry – you can just trim that off. Once your happy with the zipper’s positioning,  sew it on.

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6. Fold over your fabric so that your makeup bag is inside out. Make sure that both sides are aligned and stitch them together.

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6. Flip inside-out…

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DIY Button Accessories

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Am I the only one who possesses a random collection of buttons in my room? Probably. Still, I’m sure you have a few lying around that are just waiting to be turned into beautiful accessories! All these DIYs are amazingly easy, fashionable and double as great gifts.signature

 

1. Chunky Button Bracelet

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As you can probably tell just from looking at the photo, to make this bracelet all you have to do is a string some elastic/twine through a bunch of buttons and tie the ends together. If you want the bracelet to look really fun, try using buttons that are large and colourful.

2. Bold Button Ring

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Again, this DIY is so simple and really unique! Just take a button and, using a glue gun, glue it onto a metal ring. Now you can buy always buy a cheap ring, but if you’re like me you’ll probably have a few old rings lying around that you can use.

3. Vintage Button Bracelet

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To make this vintage bracelet you’re basically going to use the same method as for the chunky bracelet, except that you’re going to string the elastic through two holes of each button, so that they lie flat against your wrist . For the ultimate vintage look, you can use metal buttons and few beads as well.

4. Button Hairband

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Looking for a new fashion statement this spring? Jazz up an old hair band by simply gluing or sewing on some colourful buttons.

5. Button Bobby pins

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Bobby pins are just one of those things that everyone has lying around their bedroom. It doesn’t matter if you have long or short hair, at some point in your life you’ve probably bought a multi-pack of bobby pins that were on special and now, every so often, you’ll see one pop up here and there. So next time you find one, glue a few buttons on to it- try layering buttons for a really cool effect- and voilà! You have a stylish one-of-a-kind hair accessory.

6. 5-Minute Belt

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Do you ever put on an outfit and think “a belt would make this”? Next time you’re wearing a loose top or a plain dress, add a pop of colour with this 5-minute button belt. Just take a piece of cord the length of your waist, thread it through a few large buttons and tie the ends together.

7. Simple Button Bracelet

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Last but not least, this simple button bracelet is both casual and chic, and all you need to make it is one button and two pieces of string. Thread one piece of string through the two holes on the right side of the button, and thread the other piece of string through the two holes on the left side. Tie both pieces of string together and you’re done!

 

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I hope you guys enjoyed these DIYs! If you’d like more posts like this, let me know in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to follow me on social media to keep up to date with all my latest posts and news 🙂

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5 things to make with that random piece of cardboard

Yes, I know…that’s quite a bizarre title. Let me explain.

The other day, I bought something (isn’t that specific) and when I opened the packaging and took out this unnamed purchase, inside I found a thin, square sheet of cardboard. The thing is, this sheet of cardboard served no evident purpose whatsoever. It wasn’t there to provide support or give information. No, it’s sole purpose was to just… be there.  Kind of like that one teacher at school who never really teaches anything, but just sits there for “adult supervision”.

And this isn’t the first time this has happened to me. Oh no, it’s happened several times, with several purchases – clothes, shoes, food, electronics, you name it.

And that got me thinking… is this some sort of conspiracy ? I mean, surely companies aren’t trying to waste money.Is there some sort of unwritten code around the world that cardboard has to be included with each purchase? Are packaging companies being blackmailed by cardboard manufacturers? Is it even cardboard, or is it some sort of espionage device recording our every move?

Yeah, that escalated quickly. Anyways, luckily for us artsy teens there are tons of ways to put these supposedly purposeless pieces of cardboard to good use. I’ve been working on this post for quite a while now (editing the photos took ages), so I hope you guys enjoy it!

 

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Now I’m no professional painter, but every once in a while I do like to pick up a paintbrush and attempt (unsuccessfully) to become the next Picasso. Seeing as I don’t own an actual palette, during these random bursts of motivation I tend to use a piece of cardboard instead and, trust me that works just fine!

2. DIY Bracelet Holder

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If you’re anything like me, some part of your room/desk/shelf is covered with tangled heaps of jewelry. Or maybe you’re a normal, organised person -who knows. Anyway, for this simple DIY just take a square sheet of cardboard, cut it to desired size, roll it into a tube-shape and staple the sides together. Then, just slip on your bracelets and you’re done!

3. DIY Stencils

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Stencils probably aren’t something you use on a regular basis, but now and then they do come in handy. Instead of wasting money and buying them in a shop, you can simply print off a stencil template at home and cut out the shape from cardboard. Then you can spend your money on something else. Like food 🙂

To download the flower stencil I used, click here.

4. DIY Vintage Bookmarks

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I love reading and one of my greatest struggles in life will always be my inability to hold on to bookmarks. Every year, I’ll get about seventy eight bookmarks from friends, families, bookshops etc.,  but whenever I’m actually reading a book I can never find one. Then I end up using random bits and pieces laying about my room which will inevitably end up falling out of the book.

So, I thought I’d improve my chances of finding a bookmark by making a few more (which I’ve probably lost by now) out of my sheet of cardboard.

As you can probably tell, it’s not a very complicated process. Just cut out strips of cardboard and decorate them with pretty paper, drawings and just whatever takes your fancy. Making them look “Vintage” is not a requirement, but seeing as you can basically stick some old newspaper onto cardboard and call it “Vintage”, I decided it was my easiest option.

5. DIY Diamond Garland

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This DIY is a simple way to add a pop of colour to your room. All you need to do is cut out your desired shapes from the cardboard (for the diamond design I used click here), colour them in with pencils and give them a black outline with a permanent marker. Then, simply tape them onto a long piece of string/wool and hang the garland up in your room!